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CIF volleyball playoffs: ’Cats can’t climb out

West Ranch’s season ends in close loss

Posted: November 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The West Ranch girls volleyball team came one win away from a co-Foothill League title and the No. 1 seed out of league for the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs.

Instead, the Wildcats found themselves the No. 3 seed, and were forced to travel to Louisville High of Woodlands Hills for a first-round matchup on Tuesday night.

And after finding themselves in a deep hole in the fifth and deciding game, West Ranch simply ran out of time in the fifth game, as the Cardinals won 21-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12.

“It’s huge when you get a deficit of 5-1 (in game five),” said West Ranch head coach Gerritt Maxwell. “If it’s a game to 25, it’s like saying 12-3. It’s really hard. It can be done. We’ve done it and people have done it to us ... We made our run to get back into it, but it was a case of too little, too late.”

Alexis Clewis led the Wildcats’ efforts with 17 kills, and Carly Carapella led with 39 assists. Amanda Dieterle had 11 digs. Haley Lind had 10 digs and Sarah McGough had 12 kills.

“I think more than anything we didn’t play our consistent game,” Maxwell said. “I hate to use the case of inconsistent, but it does describe who we were tonight.”

While falling in the seeding certainly didn’t help West Ranch’s chances, Maxwell wasn’t willing to pin the loss on where his team finished in league.

“The reality is if you’re the first seed it’s an easier draw,” Maxwell said. “But to be honest, we had a nice draw. We can’t blame anyone for this loss in terms of how we came out of league. I think we had a fortunate draw. That being said, if we could have gotten over Hart one of the two times or win game four against Valencia, we’re co-champions instead of finishing third for seeding. Yes that makes a difference. But we have nothing to complain about. We had a good draw and didn’t capitalize.”

Now West Ranch will turn to next season, when it will be without seven seniors, including Carapella, Dieterle, McGough and Hannah Williams.



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